At Montana’s lone NCAA Division II school, MSU Billings, many of these same rules are in place. The Division II Governing Body voted for a blanket waiver on March 18 to give all spring sport student-athletes another year of eligibility.
Similar to the Division I rulings, seniors will have the ability to return for the final year, but schools are not required to fulfill full scholarships. According to MSU Billings athletic director Krista Montague, the school’s current intention is to give out the same scholarships to seniors should they decide to stay.
According to MSUB’s spring rosters, 36 senior student athletes could take advantage of the extra year on their eligibility clock.
“This decision gives individual institutions the flexibility to make decisions at a campus level as they would at the end of any season,” Montague said via email. “This is good, especially at a time when there are many uncertainties. One of those uncertainties of course, are finances. Here at MSUB, we will act in the best interest of the student-athletes.”
Winter sports were also not granted an extra year at the Division II level.
“I think what is most difficult and heart wrenching about the winter sports is they were cut off right as their championships were gearing up,” Montague said. “The best teams where just getting ready to compete for that ultimate goal of winning a championship. It was terrible timing for them; however I don’t see how the NCAA could give winter sports the same flexibility as spring sports.”